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It's 3 degrees outside. 
7th-Jan-2014 06:42 am
No world domination
This part of the world is not supposed to get this cold. A "cold snap" around here is 20 degrees F. With the notable exception of people who transplant from Vermont and Minnesota, society around here is, on average, poorly prepared to face this kind of cold. North Dakota is surely laughing at us for canceling schools while the temp is above zero.

If it weren't for my barnyard animals, I would just see the temperature as a challenge: Today's fashion advice comes from Nanook of the North. But with the animals, and the temperature, I'm hit with the dilemma of stirring them out of their cozy hay nests if I show up at all (bringing breakfast or not) vs. just leaving them undisturbed. The decision is made, unfortunately, by the fact that I have to check on their water.

With schools canceled, traffic will be light enough that I could take the truck to work. The truck has HEAT like the cars do not. For the sake of gas mileage, I won't, but it's a tempting thought.

Edited to add: The animals were all fine this morning. Apparently the eight adult goats declared a cold-truce and all piled into the kidding pen together. The llama was frisky. The chickens were ready to be Let! Out!. All three raced out of the coop, ate-ate-ate-ate-ate, drank-drank-drank, and raced back into the coop. An egg that was likely laid yesterday was split down the side from freezing and bursting, but the other two eggs were ok.
7th-Jan-2014 02:31 pm (UTC)
"With the notable exception of people who transplant from Vermont and Minnesota,"

I'm laughing hysterically as one of my favorite Krav Maga people to work out with is from Minnesota. Our facebook conversations have been hilarious:

Her, several days ago: "That I'm a Minnesotan and love the snow and am unconcerned about tomorrow's single-digit wind chills in no way means I'm not grateful for the luxury of a nice warm garage [...]"

3rd Person: "Isn't that temperature also known as Spring in Minnesota?"

Me: "Or summer in Vermont on occasion."

But yeah, when the weather doesn't get much below 20 degrees, you don't need to have long johns, jeans, snow pants, sorel snow boots, under skiing shirt, t-shirt, sweatshirt/sweat, heavy jacket, hate, neoprene face mask, and heavy gloves.
7th-Jan-2014 03:27 pm (UTC)
No, no, you really don't.

This morning, for chores, I wore hiking socks, fuzzy-lined duck boots (comfy!), flannel-lined jeans, a long-sleeved t-shirt, and my parka sans liner-jacket. I pulled out the Canadian snow gloves to ensure that I didn't do anything dumb with the water spigots, and put the hood up on the jacket so my ears would stay warm. Note that there were no longjohns, skiing liners, or face masks involved. I learned a long time ago that my parka-plus-liner is way too warm when I'm moving around doing chores, regardless of air temperature. The liner is only for when I'm stuck sitting in the barn doing nothing for extended periods of time, like when I'm out blow-drying newborn goat kids.
7th-Jan-2014 09:59 pm (UTC)
Yeah - I had all those layers because from 13-16 I was a good ole bike riding newspaper deliver boy - and a few more - enough to that if I took a spill delivering due to icy roads, I barely noticed the fall.
7th-Jan-2014 04:28 pm (UTC)
And yes, the "Vermont and Minnesota" comment was aimed at you and gipsieee.
7th-Jan-2014 06:18 pm (UTC)
Glad everyone was ok in the cold!
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